Have you seen asymmetry in heavy lifts? The bench press where the sternum turns to the right. The squat where the left knee and left elbow stick out to the side. The deadlift stuck over on the right foot.
These happen. Often. If you haven’t noticed them, look out for them. It’s actually pretty cool.
But as a trainer, it’s frustrating. I can’t train you into that asymmetry. I can, but… what good could that possibly do? Now I have to stop you when I start to consistently see that.
But I’ve seen people shift over there almost immediately. I mean, like, rep two out of twenty. They know how to do the exercise, they just can’t. Their brains won’t let them. Why? Because ‘dey scared.Continue reading
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Seven Principles of Learning Better From Cognitive Science
In this post, one of my favorite bloggers recaps a book he read by a cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist. This book is now on my “To Buy” list.
Check out this video on debunking learning styles. We would occasionally talk about these when I taught my peers in college, and I was never on board. Recently, I’ve discovered why, and Dan Willingham breaks it down quite nicely. Don’t dwell on feeding your “learning style” when you’re trying to tackle a new subject.
I know I say this all the time, but this week was amazing. Here’s a cool video I watched and a little info about a super fun new sport you have to try.
At about the 5:00 mark, the guy making this video below points out the relationship between the transversus abdominis and the diaphragm. The perpendicular fiber direction is crazy. Make sense why you can get so much out of those muscles.
The Beginning of Bubble Soccer
I say “beginning” because this is so fun and I hope to do it again. Brandon Brown, his girlfriend, and I went out to see what all the fuss was about. Check this out:
Holy sweat balls (it’s really hot in that ball), I forgot how much fun contact sports were—especially when you’re playing against a bunch of 110-pound boys. My neck is crazy sore today.
If you want to learn more about the Indy Bubble Soccer scene, go here.
Have a happy Labor Day weekend!